Friday, September 30, 2011

Score 2.5 million acres for the good guys

In what is just the beginning of litigation in one of the largest environmental cases ever filed, an Idaho judge just kicked some cowboy ass, ruling against the BLM on 2.5 million acres of sage-grouse habitat. Oh yes he did.

The federal court ruled that resource management plans in Wyoming and Idaho failed to comply with legal obligations to adequately consider negative environmental impacts to wildlife and other environmental values that are affected by livestock grazing and oil and gas development. The two RMPs considered were just a subset of the larger case affecting 30 million acres, and its unclear where the ruling will go from here. This is just the first round, but it's a KO.

See that sage-grouse swagger? We're guessing that Western Watersheds Project and Advocates for the West, the two prevailing plaintiffs, have got a little of that today, too.

More here and here.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cowboy Ken hands it over to Wyoming

Wyoming wolf-haters have a friend in Cowboy Ken Salazar, that much is clear. This editorial from the NY Times spells out exactly how little regard the Secretary of the Interior has for imperiled species.
Wyoming got nearly everything it wanted. The federal Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the status of endangered species, got almost nothing. And wolves will lose out entirely. The state is obliged to keep only 100 of its 340 wolves alive, including 10 breeding pairs.
The American public gets almost nothing too, except the opportunity to (once again) thank the livestock industry for depriving us of intact, resilient, and diverse ecosystems.